My first ever full-length album, ‘The Pioneer Spirit’, came out recently and since then I’ve been on a whirlwind of sold out shows, charity performances at hospitals, interviews, and overall just FREAKING OUT. I write myself to-do lists every day now just so I can seize all these amazing new opportunities. Front and center on my to do list is this: Breathe, smile, chill out, eat well, get enough sleep.
Now that I have some time before the second leg of tour starts, I’d like to use this portal as the showcase for all the THANK YOUs to everyone who made ‘The Pioneer Spirit’ a reality:
As some of you know I’ve been working with a charity organization that brings my music to hospitals. I’d like to share a story about this. Just to be safe, I’ve changed a couple names below to protect folks’ privacy:
I’ve been working with ‘Musicians On Call’ to perform my music at various hospitals in different cities on tour. This is an extremely uplifting experience. The way it works is that MOC first schedules an artist for a hospital visit. Upon arrival, the artist is led around by a hospital guide to play for patients and staff.
About a month ago I performed for a pediatrics branch. My guide for the evening, an older woman named Donna, led me and a backup singer around. We sang for children of all ages.
We played for one teenage girl named Helen who is was in intensive care. Donna informed us that this child was extremely sick. Unable to go inside the room, I performed my song ‘My Direction’ for a small crowd of close friends and family while standing in their doorway. After my performance Donna told me that, when I sang, Helen had smiled for the first time in weeks. Up until that point it had seemed like this child had given up the fight to survive. As I was leaving, two of Helen’s young friends chased me down the hall out asking where they could find my music online.
I visited the same hospital again a couple weeks later. Donna greeted me again as my hospital guide. She told me that Helen had died that day. In the days following my performance, Helen had been asking the nurses when I could come back to sing. Donna expressed this not out of sadness but out of joy that I was able to touch a sick patient in such a positive way in her final weeks. That little girl is in a better place now and when she died she still had my ‘Alexis Babini Loves You’ sticker next to her bed.
Here is what has stayed with me: All of my personal problems, stresses, and worries that I’d been carrying with me that day completely vanished when I heard about Helen’s passing. I immediately became present to the impact I’m able to have with my talent. It’s victories like this that will make the world a better place.
To learn more about Musician’s On Call. Visit musiciansoncall.org
My debut album is charting in the iTunes top 100 lists! Lets get it to number 1 today! #thepioneerspirit
Just abuncha old movie posters (Taken with Instagram)